Friday, November 9, 2007

College Hill Elementary
International Studies Magnet School
Providing a World Class Education
200 Artesian
Texarkana, AR 71854
(870) 774-9111
Marguerite Hillier, Principal

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CHE Named - Blue Ribbon School

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings named 287 schools in the United States as 2007 No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools. The No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools award, one of the most prestigious education awards in the country, distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

"These schools are proving that when we raise the bar our children will rise to the challenge," Spelling said. "It takes a lot of hard work by teachers and students to become a Blue Ribbon school, and it's a privilege to celebrate their great efforts."

The No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels. The schools are selected based on one of two criteria: 1) Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests; and 2) Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests or in the case of private schools in the 10 percent of the nation on nationally-normed tests.

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College Hill Elementary is presently on a journey to become an International Baccalaureate World School Primary Years Program (PYP).  The PYP is designed for students  3 to 12  years of age.  It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs in addition to academic development.

 The PYP draws on research and best practices  from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children. 

College Hill Elementary was accepted as a PYP Candidate School in June, 2006. They have met all the criteria of the authorization process thus far and are presently awaiting a November, 2007 authorization visit from the International Baccalaureate Organization, with the expectation of becoming a fully authorized IBO World School by January, 2008.

Goals achieved by implementing...
  • Integrated inquiry-based teaching approach
  • Spanish instruction beginning in kindergarten
  • Thematic units related to world discovery
  • Technology instruction including multi-media presentation
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Independent study projects
  • Visual arts, music, and physical educational classes
  • Student performances and group projects
  • Field trips to enhance learning
  • Quality, not quantity, in homework assignments
  • "Lessons From The Heart" - community service
Community Involvement


The entire fourth-grade class spent time at a local nursing home and simultaneously prepped, and painted a mural in a highly visible area in downtown Texarkana. The mural was dedicated at the end of the school year.

View Video: Milken Festival for Youth 2005-2006

View Photos: February 2006 Site Visit (February 24, 2006)
View Photos: 2006 End of the Year Celebration (May 26, 2006)


Inner and outer beauty was celebrated in word and deed by College Hill fourth graders. At Bobby Ferguson Park, they gained botany skills by identifying trees and planting flowers, and enhanced their artistic skills by turning pond-side wooden benches into works of art. In December, students brought holiday spirit to downtown Texarkana, decorating the windows of empty and abandoned stores in time for a citywide holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony. And returning by popular demand, students began their second year as mentors for special needs adults at Opportunities, Inc.

View Photos: 2006 Milken Festival for Youth Kickoff (November 14, 2006)

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